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Webster Merriman Bull

Military

Shot down 22 December 1943 in B-17 #4237773 'Full House. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

The plane was ditched in the Ijsselmeer, The Netherlands.

AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster / Purple Heart

Service

Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37773 Full House

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/8/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Rougham 10/10/43; transferred 563BS/388BG Knettishall 11/10/43; Missing in Action Munster 22/12/43 with Webster Bull, Co-pilot: Leavitt Hobbsbody recovered 11//2/44, Navigator: Albt Bendix, Bombardier:...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 103

    26 September 1943
    This mission was composed of four elements. The first element was a combined force of 55 B-17s from 91BG (19); 381BG (18); and 351BG (18) that were dispatched to attack industrial targets in and around Paris, France. As the formation approached the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 104

    27 September 1943
    The industrial areas of Emden, Germany are the targets for this two-element mission. The first element is a combined force of 141 B-17s despatched from 3rd Bomb Division and include the 94BG (19); 95BG (22); 96BG (21); 100BG (20); 385BG (18); 399BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command SCRUBBED

    18 October 1943
    This was another attempt at launching at attack on the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. Both B-17 Groups and B-24 Groups were scheduled to participate, but the mission was recalled over the North Sea because of weather. One B-24 Failed to Return ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 116

    20 October 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the industrial areas of Duren, Germany. The mission is composed of three elements. The first element is a combined formation of 103 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that includes: 91BG (3); 92BG (14); 303BG (19);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 119

    3 November 1943
    October 1943 turned out to be the worst loss rate for 8th Air Force for the entire war. 2,145 B-17s and 303 B-24s had been dispatched on missions. 163 B-17s had been lost (lost rate 7.5991%) and 9 B-24s were lost (loss rate 2.9703%). These loss rates...

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

  • VIII Bomber Command 130

    13 November 1943
    The port area of Bremen, Germany is the focus of this mission composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 154 B0-17 of 1st Bomb Division including 94BG (16); 385BG (17); 95BG (21); 100BG (18); 390BG (21); 96BG (40); and 388BG ...

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Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Minnesota, USA 30 December 1914
Lived in Douglas County, NE, USA 1940
Killed in Action (KIA) IJsselmeer, Netherlands 22 December 1943
Buried

Plot D Row 19 Grave 2
Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupré, Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2017 04:25:01 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, biography, events, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.abmc.gov/node/544353#.WjiTMGcm5es
http://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=82061
http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-BUL01-...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

ABMC; MACR 3148 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3148 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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